Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville

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Occupying the grounds of the notorious Camp Sumter, a primary Confederate prison camp during the Civil War, Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum memorializes the horrific conditions of the soldiers held here. Perhaps one of the most inhumane prisons of the Civil War, the complex saw 13,000 of the 45,000 prisoners who passed through its gates die of disease, malnutrition, or dehydration. You can visit the site--home to monuments, a cemetery, and an outline of the prison grounds themselves--via a self-guided driving tour of the area. Be sure to stop by the museum to see exhibits and displays paying tribute to and detailing the lives, experiences, and survival of U.S. prisoners of war throughout history. Discover how to plan a Andersonville trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • The horrors that went on here are portrayed in the movie. All due to war. Respects are paid to all prisoners of war here. Definitely worth a side trip to see. Pay your respects to those at rest in the...  more »
  • Museum does a great job of explaining the horrors of a pow camp faced by soldiers during any war. A must see experience for every American.  more »
  • The museum could be gruesome, but I stuck to the exhibits relating to the Civil War. The film is a must see, the tour with a guide is a good idea, although all the guides were more than willing to sto...  more »
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  • A lot of things to see here, and the area is well maintained. The cemetery is open to the public, and there's several different parking areas. I had heard about the prison at Andersonville from historical sites in PA and NY, and visiting this site brought the history together. I grew up close to Gettysburg and visited frequently, these historical sites bring our history to life, even the parts that are not so flattering. I highly recommend visiting. You can drive to the various exhibits, or walk on the trails. There's also a museum.
  • As with all the Civil War sites I have visited, watching the film at the visitors center sets a good tone for a great visit. The story behind it, will humble you. Take the time to walk the grounds. You will be walking the same ground that thousands of Union prisoners walked. The site is set up well and you can drive around it. I suggest sitting at the top of the hill under the trees near the visitor center and look out upon the field and imagine what it was like. There is also a POW museum on the sight. It is very well put together and is worth your time. Finish up by driving to the cemetery on the site to get a great visual aide look at the immense number of people who died.
  • I have been to at least 50+ National Parks across the United States. The cons of this locations was insufficient since it was Winter time and the park needed to do its maintenance so some construction was going on. The pros were... it was FREE, a great audio driving tour of site could be listen to from your smartphone, and the museum was very interesting to learn about Prisoners of War (POW). I would recommend this location to any person interest in learning about military prisoners.
  • Excellent place to visit. Lots of information and details. Guidance excellent. Walk or drive round site is really absorbing, clear and moving. POW museum is excellent and really thought -provoking.
  • Small but interesting museum with lots of small artifacts. The stockade could use more additions and explanations. Too many fire ants, so watch out for your little kids. The national cemetery is definitely worth your time. Our honored dead from the civil war to today are here and it's an interesting window into our history and their lives.

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